Hello fellow sleuths! It's been a little while, so today I thought I would talk about teaser trailers!
HeR Interactive was known for emulating the books by putting a teaser for the next mystery after the current mystery has been solved. Starting in 2002 with Secret of the Scarlet Hand, HeR started adding short teaser trailers for the next game at the end of the game that had just released. They kind of put a teaser at the end of Secrets Can Kill, but it was implemented into the closing letter rather than being its own thing.
I mentioned in a previous post that I've been writing critical walkthroughs for the games. After I write each walkthrough, I record the teaser trailer for the next game, edit it so that only the trailer is in the video clip, then export it as an HD video file. Obviously the footage isn't HD, but when uploaded to YouTube it will give the HD option. Having watched the trailers for games 7-14 in a row, it's really interesting how the style and depth of each trailer has evolved. For instance, here is the teaser trailer for Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake:
It's a very simple trailer! There are two frames (the default frame and one with a lightning strike), some voice over, and some nature ambience. There isn't even a title for the game! It's truly amazing to see how lackluster they started out as. Now take a look at the trailer for Danger by Design:
This trailer has way more going on. HeR actually put together some animated images and created a whole 3D scene just for the teaser. They didn't start implementing 3D animations into the teasers until Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon. As time went on, several trailers became full 3D animations. To me, it shows that HeR really loved to put a lot of thought into something as simple as a teaser trailer.
Do you have a favorite teaser trailer, or game trailer in general? Is there one that stands out the most, or feels the most nostalgic for you? Let me know in the comments!
That about wraps up today's post. Until next time, detectives!